Art, inspiration, and technology

Freelance photographer Bill Cohen captures local beauty


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  • Bill Cohen (Photo by Linda Fields)




  • Bill Cohen's works on display (Photo by Linda Fields)



By Linda Fields

— “I had my first darkroom when I was eleven years old,” recalled Bill Cohen.

But for this freelance photographer, life in the darkroom at that time was brief.

“My mother almost threw me out of the house from the odor of developer," he said. "And also because of the British invasion, my attention shifted to music."

But the Beatles and Rolling Stones could not keep him away from the camera. Cohen’s photography has been showcased in several local area businesses and galleries, including The Golden Fish Gallery, The Forge Gallery, Upfront Gallery, Hotel Fauchere and others.

Cohen said his photographs tend to be evocative. “It could be a landscape, portrait, a candid shot or even a doorknob – if it affects me emotionally, I go with it,” he said.

His photographs often depict scenes from Milford and surrounding rural areas. A permanent display of Cohen’s photographs from a rodeo at the Malibu Dude Ranch can be seen at the Milford Diner.

What underscores his work, besides a keen eye for composition, is that Cohen is adept at using modern computer technology in his artwork.

“I’ve always taken pictures, but when Windows 95 came out, digital photography was user-friendly to the point that you could start being creative,” he said. Third-party editing programs like those from Nik Software and the ability to digitally edit a photograph awakened a sleeping passion.

“I amplify textures and colors," said Cohen. "I’m always adding and removing from sections of a frame — editing texture, colors, shade — but not adding or removing any objects. The key to an interesting photo is inspiration, and I find inspiration in front of a computer."

When he is not behind the camera, or in front of a computer, Cohen is an account executive with Viamedia, LLC.

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